The latest from WAPPA
As we draw towards the end of Term 3, I am once again reminded of just how lucky we are here in Western Australia compared to our colleagues in other states. We held our successful conference, sports carnivals are taking place across the state, as are the various music festivals, and for the most part, education is continuing for all.
Congratulations to all of those who featured in the finalists for this year’s WA Education Awards. It is a wonderful celebration of the work you all do every day. It was also terrific to see Deputy Principals recognised for the first time in these awards, something WAPPA has been advocating for, for many years.
Thank you to the many members who attended the 2021 Fotoworks WAPPA Conference last week. With over 370 delegates, the atmosphere was high level, engaging and collegial. The lineup of speakers was outstanding, with each delivering focused messages that aligned with our theme of Lead, Motivate, Live.
I hope that busy Term 3 has been treating you well and with the sunshine promised by Djilba becoming more regular, it renews and re-energises. I have enjoyed my new journey to work, driving slowly past Lake Monger and seeing the glassy waters reflected back and watching nature in motion. I have had a wonderful start to my role of Manager, Professional Learning at WAPPA, being welcomed by the amazing Business Centre team, Board, and Members.
I am not sure I really want to hear again, nor say, the terms to describe this year as being challenging or different or even unprecedented. I was chatting with someone the other day about (according to Mark Twain) there only being two certainties in life - death and taxes. However, we joked that now we can include change as a third element.
The WAPPA Wellbeing Committee, as part of their work, has developed a Wellbeing Mantra. The committee encourages you to print the mantra and place it somewhere prominent in your office where you can refer to it regularly. This version of the mantra is designed for you to use in your schools.